In the wake of Sports Ministry's diktat of not to extend financial help to athletes who prefer professional commitment over representing India, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on Thursday insisted her first priority would always be to play for the country.
Chinese Taipei shuttler Chou Tien Chen stunned China's Wang Zhengming 10-21, 25-23, 21-19 to clinch the French Open Super Series men's singles title while Olympic champion Li Xuerui retired to hand the women's singles title to teammate Shixian Wang at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin here.
Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap continued his giant-killing spree, stunning World No.9 Tian Houwei 21-19, 21-18 in the pre-quarters of the French Open Super Series while Saina Nehwal also advanced to the quarterfinals at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin here.
Indian shuttlers continued to surge ahead in the ongoing French Open Super Series underway here as Saina Nehwal made it to the women's singles third round while Ashwini Ponappa also won her second-round match with mixed doubles partner Vladimir Ivanov, here.
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Parupalli Kashyap on Wednesday stunned world No. 4 Kenichi Tago of Japan by posting a straight-game victory in the first round of the men's singles event at the French Open Super Series here.
French Open Super Series' main draw will start here Wednesday at the 3,900-seater Pierre de Coubertin Stadium without two of badminton's top stars - Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei - who pulled out last week.
Odense (Denmark): Chinese shuttlers Chen Long and Li Xuerui won the men's and women's singles titles as their country swept all the gold medals at the $600,000 Denmark Open Super Series Premier at the Odense Sports Park here.
Leading Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap fought valiantly but went down to reigning World Champion Chen Long of China in the men's singles semi-final of the $600,000 Denmark Open Super Series Premier being played at Odense Saturday.
Leading male shuttler Parupalli Kashyap created a huge upset in the Denmark Open super Series Premier, defeating local favourite and World No.3 Jan O. Jorgensen to storm into semi-final of the badminton tournament.